Taproom and Gyoza
12 taps of craft beer and cider plus our famous gyoza
Stay at Winterland
Boutique hotel in the center of Nozawa Onsen
Ski and Snowboard
Nozawa Onsen - the quintessential Japanese ski village
Winterland Lodge—a boutique hotel in Nozawa Onsen
Winterland Lodge & Taproom is a boutique hotel with 6 rooms overlooking the main corner of Nozawa Onsen Village. When you arrive on the Nozawa Liner Bus from Iiyama Station look up and you have arrived at Winterland! Each room has ensuite bathroom and shower and custom craftsmen beds that can sleep a family of four if you want to all squeeze into one room. The Yokochi free onsen (hot spring) is right across the street and several more are within walking distance. The free Shinyu Pair Lift and the Yu Road (moving escalator) are just a 5-minute walk from Winterland. Guests enjoy a great breakfast in the restaurant before hitting the slopes.
Winterland Taproom—Craft Beer, Cider and Gyoza Bar in Nozawa Onsen
Come enjoy good food, good music and good times before or after a day on the mountain or exploring the village. Start the day with an espresso and big western or Japanese breakfast at Winterland—and the kids will love the Winterland Waffles. Happy Hour daily with curated music playlists and monthly live music. Find out What’s On! The Winterland Taproom features 12 taps with domestic and international craft beer and cider as well as a full bar. The izakaya-style menu is fun for the whole family and Winterland has a Kid’s Space so parents and kids all have a great time. Guests may come for the craft beer, but they stay for our famous gyoza featuring local ingredients and cutstom-made for Winterland in the gyoza-capital of Japan—Utsunomiya.
The Winterland Story
Winterland Lodge & Taproom was conceived by music and mountains. Two friends—Chris Hinds and Gardner Robinson—had each been living in Japan for more than twenty years and skiing/snowboarding in Nozawa Onsen since before the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. Growing up, both had followed the Grateful Dead—Gardner on the West Coast and Chris on the East Coast. In 2015, Chris had an extra ticket to Fare Thee Well—the final show the Grateful Dead would ever play together—in Chicago. Gardner had just landed in Portland, Oregon, with his family, yet less than twenty-four hours later they were in Soldier Field on the 4th of July with fireworks over head as the band played on. The seed for Winterland Nozawa Onsen was planted there.